What is our theme? Shapes
What is the lesson (overall purpose)?
An introduction to the Square shape and review of the circle shape.
PW28 The young toddler demonstrates large muscle balance, stability, control and coordination
PW29 The young toddler moves body with purpose to achieve a goal
PW31 The older toddler demonstrates large muscle balance, stability, control and coordination
PW32 The older toddler moves body with purpose to achieve a goal
SED2 The young toddler responds to directions from familiar adults
SED6 The older toddler follows the directions of adults
As a child learns about shapes they can sort and classify objects in and around them based on certain attributes. As children develop proficiency at learning shapes such as squares and circles, they are developing the classification and visual discrimination skills to distinguish between ‘k’ and ‘x’ or between ‘p’ and ‘g.’
Songs, Books & Videos (Motivational Techniques)
https://youtu.be/TJhfl5vdxp4 The Shape Song
https://youtu.be/sBDG297o1jA Song: The Square Song
https://youtu.be/25TJcsDLA2Q Book: Square (a cute story about a square and a circle.)
Sidewalk chalk (Various colors)
Flat surface such as a paved driveway, parking lot, tennis court.
Activity (Procedure): Shape game
Using sidewalk chalk choose a color and draw several circle shapes in various spots on the pavement. Spread them out.
With a different color piece of chalk, draw some square shapes near and around the circle shapes.
Now once the shapes are drawn, ask your child to stand on either a circle or a square shape.
Ask them to hop from one shape to another. Ask them to repeat the name of the shape they are standing on.
Activity Wrap Up:
What other ways can you get from shape to shape? Try jumping, skipping, running, or even crawling!
Are you able to count how many circles are there? How about how many squares? Can you count how many shapes there are all together?
How do I know what my child is learning?
Was your child able to successfully move from circles to squares without much hesitation? Can your child identify the difference between a circle and a square?
Ask them to try to draw a circle and square themselves with the chalk.
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications)
Once your child has mastered the circle and square shape, try adding triangles and rectangle shapes amongst the circles and squares.
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions)
If you are unable to draw on your driveway or are unable to get to a place where pavement is available, try cutting out circle and square shapes from different color construction paper and placing them on the ground. Your child can hop from paper to paper. This is fun to play inside as well using the construction paper shapes.